According to the NSF, the cybersecurity project at Berkeley will investigate issues of "computer trustworthiness in an era of increasing attacks at all levels on computer systems and information-based technologies." The project will receive the $19 million in funding over five years, as will the Kansas study.

Ironically, news of the Berkeley cybersecurity research project comes just weeks after the school warned more than 98,000 people that their personal information may have been exposed following the theft of a laptop computer from its graduate school admissions office. Such losses of individuals' private information have become a hot-button issue among federal legislators, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) proposing Monday a new version of her ID Theft Notification Bill.

Any concerns from our US taxpayers?